Village Sentinel Live Oak in Waycross Named to Landmark & Historic Tree Register

The Village Sentinel Live Oak is located at Baptist Village in Waycross, Georgia and was Village Sentinel photo 4nominated to the Register by Chris Heim of the Davey Tree Expert Company.  This live oak, which stands 77 feet high and has a spread of 155 feet and a circumference of 420 252inches, is over 400 years old and in excellent health.  The tree is the largest live oak in Georgia and the second largest in the country.  Baptist Village, a retirement community in Waycross, has been committed to the preservation of this tree, the highlight of the campus, and Davey Tree has been providing ongoing care for it since the 1950′s.  The Village Sentinel Oak was named to Georgia Urban Forest Council’s Landmark and Historic Tree Register on January 7, 2015.   Photos by Chris Heim

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Join us for Georgia Urban Forest Council’s First Quarterly program and the 2015 State Arbor Day Event on Wednesday, February 18, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Oval Hall at Wesleyan College, 4760 Forsyth Road, Macon.  Dr. Ed Gilman, Professor of Environmental Horticulture at the University of Florida and a leading researcher and educator in tree selection, urban design, nursery production, and urban tree management, will be our keynote speaker for the day.  Dr. Gilman will present practical guidance on the planting and pruning of younger trees, as well as on innovative root management techniques and will also present an outdoor pruning demonstration.  After lunch, we’ll Tree City USA logoenjoy the State Arbor Day Ceremony, when Arbor Day Foundation President Dan Lambe will help us recognize new and renewing Tree City USA communities, Tree Campus USA colleges, and Tree Line USA utilities present.  To round out the event, Wesleyan’s Dr. James Ferrari will give an update on the Wesleyan College Arboretum and lead a guided tour.

CEUs:  4.25 ISA Certified Arborist and Municipal Arborist; 5 SAF Continuing Forestry Education credits.

Registration:  $60 members, $75 non-members.  Group rate: $50 for Tree City USA/tree boards, Tree Campus USA college staff, and Tree Line USA utilities with three or more attendees.

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Seeking arborist certification?  Just want to know more about trees? GUFC can help you.                                 

The Georgia Urban Forest Council will present a two-day Arborist Certification Review Course taught by Certified Arborist Gretchen Musser on February 10 and 11, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (both days), at the Georgia Forestry Commission headquarters in Macon.  Gretchen will help attendees prepare for the exam with lectures and hands-on demonstrations covering Tree Biology, Tree Identification, Soil Science, Water Management, Tree Nutrition and Fertilization, Tree Selection, Installation and Establishment, Pruning, Tree Support and Lightning Protection, Diagnosis and Plant Disorders, Plant Health Care, Tree Assessment and Risk Management, Trees and Construction, Urban Forestry, Tree Worker Safety, and Climbing & Working in Trees.  Read more….

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Please support GUFC’s work with a tax-deductible donation.

Thank you to all who contributed to the Georgia Urban Forest Council on November 13, Georgia Gives Day.  Your donation means the world to us, and helps GUFC continue to bring quality urban forestry programming, resources, and leadership to communities large and small across this state.

If you didn’t get a chance to donate, you still can at  All donations are fully tax-deductible.


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Ice Storm 2014:  Lessons Learned in Urban Forestry – Preparing for Nature’s Next Big Event

The 24th Georgia Urban Forest Council Annual Conference and Awards Program was ice and trees  October 22 and 23 at the Classic Center’s Foundry Building, 130 Foundry Street, in Athens.  This year,  GUFC’s signature educational event presented a general overview of how this storm affected communities; how to be better prepared through making storm mitigation plans; performing tree assessments before the storm happens; working with staging areas for debris and wood utilization; communicating with the media; understanding declared vs. undeclared events; working with FEMA, GEMA, and strike teams; making scenario assessments; and climate research and projections.  See agenda here.

Thank you sponsors:  Arborology, Arbor Equity, Inc., Arborguard Tree Specialists, Athens-Clarke County Community Tree Council, Bartlett Tree Experts, Bold Spring Nursery, Fields, The Home Depot Foundation, Legacy Arborist Services, and the Georgia Forestry Commission.

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The Fall Issue of Tree Talks is Here.Fall 2014 Tree Talks_Page_1

Iced Trees Conference Set for Athens, Urban Forestry Strike Team Training Held, Dr. Coder Receives High Honor from ISA, Urban Forestry Connections Webinar Series Available, President’s Letter, more….click here to download copy or on image.

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SHADE Magazine is here – in Electronic Flipbook form!GUFC_SHADE_2014-2015.indd  The 2014 issue of SHADE is brimming with informative articles on creating green infrastructure, the public health benefits of trees and green spaces, re-greening to reduce stormwater flow, controlling the risk and managing the liability of trees, creating urban orchards, saluting Georgia Tree Campus USAs, the urban forestry accomplishments of volunteers and practitioners from around the state and so much more.  We hope you enjoy Shade Magazine in this new format!  Click here or on the image for your copy.


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GUFC Inducted into 2013 Class of The Home Depot Foundation’s Building Community Network

On November 19, the Georgia Urban Forest Council (GUFC) attended The Home Depot HDF_Logo_std_HiRes_R#19DF35Foundation and Georgia Center for Nonprofits’ annual Building Community Network Kick-Off Luncheon, held at Piedmont Park, where GUFC was inducted into the Building Community Network Class of 2013. GUFC was one of 20 Atlanta-area nonprofit organizations invited to join this year. At the end of the day, GUFC also received a surprise $20,000 donation from The Home Depot Foundation!

As part of Class of 2013, GUFC joins nearly 150 alumni that participated in prior years and will have the opportunity to build partnerships with these organizations to build a stronger Atlanta.

“Atlanta is a strong, vibrant community because of the nonprofit organizations that dedicate their work to improving the city and lives of its residents,” said Kelly Caffarelli, president of The Home Depot Foundation. “It takes great vision and a lot of hard work to create and sustain innovative, impactful programs, and we thank our 2013 Class for the meaningful impact they are making on our community. We hope their participation will foster new relationships that will enhance their work and welcome them to the Building Community Network family.”

The Home Depot was founded in Atlanta in 1979. With 60 stores and almost 20,000 associates who live and work in Metro Atlanta, The Home Depot Foundation works daily to make a positive impact on its hometown through strategic grant making and numerous volunteer activities. Over the last six years, The Home Depot Foundation has donated more than $35 Million to 1,000 Atlanta nonprofit organizations.

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Community Forest Storm Mitigation Planning
Trees are an important part of our community’s infrastructure. They provide us with many valuable and irreplaceable environmental, economic, and social benefits. But, during a storm, our trees are also at risk and can cause significant damage not only to infrastructure but also to personal property.

Community Forest Storm Mitigation plans serve as a guide for assessing current storm readiness, for creating a summary of your community’s current forest management program and as a storm mitigation checklist.

A Community Forest Storm Mitigation Planning Workbook and Template are available at this link:

PowerPoint presentations from community forest storm mitigation workshops are available here:

Please contact the Georgia Forestry Commission Sustainable Community Forestry Program staff if you need any assistance with your plan.

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